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Sons honour Sir Jackie Stewart with song for 70th birthday

Racing legend Sir Jackie Stewart has been honoured on the occasion of his 70th birthday by a special song and DVD produced for him by his sons Paul and Mark - with a little help from guitar legend Eric Clapton...
Three-time F1 World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart received an emotional birthday present from his two sons Paul and Mark as he reached 70 this year – a specially-recorded song and DVD tribute in his honour...with a little help from 'Slowhand' himself, music legend Eric Clapton.

Stewart turned 70 back in June, but a surprise party to celebrate was thrown only recently, and the unquestionable highlight of the evening was when a film of his life and achievements – both on and off the race track – was played to him, accompanied by the song 'Fly Free'.

The film was produced by Sir Jackie's younger son Mark, whilst 'Fly Free' was both written and sung by keen and talented musician Paul, with Clapton on the guitar. Paul – who raced successfully himself as far as International F3000 (now GP2 Series) level in the early 1990s, before going on to focus his efforts and expertise on team management in British F3 and alongside his father in F1 with the eponymously-named Stewart Grand Prix – sang the song at the party, and explained the meaning behind it.

“The words are really close to our hearts,” he admitted, dedicating it to both his mother and father. “When we were growing up our father always said to us 'if you fly with crows you'll be shot at…fly free…be strong'. It's a simple message, but one that my brother Mark and I live by.”

The song and its sentiment touched Sir Jackie so deeply that he has decided to share it, and both the single and DVD are available on download at http://www.sirjackiestewart.com, with all proceeds going to F1's chosen charity, the Grand Prix Mechanics' Charitable Trust.

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November 26, 2009 6:22 AM

Sir Jackie was my first racing "Hero". I followed his career through 3 World Championships and was sad (and glad) when he retired while still at the top of the game. Who knows how many more races and championships he could have won but so many great drivers died in that era... He contributed much to driver safety and continues to be an outstanding ambassador for the sport.

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